SET against a backdrop of civil unrest, treason, bribery and corruption, Tyrant, which premieres on Wednesday, May 20 at 9 pm on DStv channel 125 and StarSat channel 131, will have viewers hooked from the first episode.
The show stars Adam Rayner as prodigal son Bassam “Barry” Al Fayeed, who is faced with going back to the fictional Middle Eastern town of Abbudin to attend his nephew’s wedding and end his 20-year-old exile.
What he doesn’t anticipate is that his simple Californian life as a paediatrician is about to change.
Barry’s father Khaled Al Fayeed has been a dictator in Abbudin since he was a child and when he dies suddenly, he leaves guilt-ridden Barry to step in and assist his older brother Jamal run a country he knows nothing about any more.
He wants to help Jamal change the status quo and persuade the citizens to trust that the Al Fayeeds can change, but soon proves just how much of an Al Fayeed he is, even if he won’t admit it.
The series also stars South African-born Alice Krige as the matriarch of the family Amira.
New to M-Net on Tuesdays at 8.30 pm is American Crime, written by the Academy Award-winning writer of 12 Years A Slave.
Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) and Timothy Hutton (Leverage) star in this drama about a what happens when a happily married young couple are brutally murdered in their home.
The events that unfold after the crime lead to a racially and legally charged trial that will change the lives of all those involved forever.
JAMIE’S COMFORT FOOD
From 8 pm on Wednesday, May 20 on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174), fans of Jamie Oliver can join him as he takes the British nation’s favourite dishes to the next level with reinvented classics.
From the perfect burger to the ultimate cheese toastie, shepherd’s pie, chicken Kiev and Bolognese ravioli,
Jamie’s Comfort Food is packed full of reinvented classics, nostalgic comforters and old school puds.
JAMES MAY’S CARS OF THE PEOPLE
James May, of Top Gear fame, will be going on a journey to uncover the history of the car in James May’s Cars of the People on BBC Knowledge (DStv channel 184) at 9 pm on Thursday, May 31.
In the show, May journeys across the globe to discover how the people got their wheels.
In Germany, Italy and Russia he learns about the way dictators and autocrats first kick-started the mobilisation of the masses.
He explores the reasons behind the failure of the British motor industry, and the way in which ages of austerity gave rise to the frequently absurd micro car.
May also reveals the unlikely champions that finally gave the people performance, pride and a hint of luxury; and he discovers Rolls Royce’s strange journey from the elite to the everyman and how the Mustang and the Capri pioneered excitement and performance on blue collar wages
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